Internet Radio<br />Web Programming<br />Dustin J. Fleury<br />12/5/2009<br />
What is Internet Radio?<br />Allows you to listen to streaming music in a lossy codec.<br />i.e. WMA, MP3, OGG Vorbis etc..<br />Often better then traditional radio quality<br />Differs from traditional radio<br />Offer recommendations<br />Some better then others<br />Different Methods of Delivery<br />Direct Web Delivery, URL into a Media Player<br />
How does it work?<br />Browse to the Internet Radio Providers website<br />i.e. http://www.grooveshark.com<br />Type in the specific artist or song title<br />Depending on the service similar music is played or that specific song or artist is played.<br />Random or Popular music as an immediate option<br />
Comparing two giants:<br />Two Major Sites to Compare:<br />GrooveShark™<br />Pandora™<br />Different strengths and weaknesses<br />Direct web delivery approach <br />Through interactive web applets <br />
Comparing Services (Cont’d)<br />Pros Of GrooveShark:<br />Easy to use<br />Well Laid out <br />Takes up entire screen<br />Search field right in the middle<br />No limit to skipping songs<br />Often lots of hard to find content<br />Appears to be user added<br />No audible ads<br />Small sidebar of ads<br />Can be removed<br />Radio feature is nice to play (nearly entirely) random music<br /><ul><li>Cons Of GrooveShark:
Radio feature intends to imitate music Genome Project.
Typing a song name won’t necessarily play it.</li></ul>Pros Of Pandora:<br />Easy to use<br />Utilizes the Music Genome Project<br />Specific songs are chosen based on actual attributes<br />I.E. “This song has been chosen because it features a similar melody to such and such.”<br />Radio feature<br />Users listen by creating a station based on some music they like<br />Radio suggests songs based on that.<br />
Conclusion<br />Use Both!<br />Pandora<br />Great for discovering new music suggested by the music Genome Project based on what you like in the first place.<br />Songs are chosen based on actual musical content – Impressive!<br />Lots of Ads and terrible song skip limit in place<br />11 Songs per day<br />All songs seem to be complete and good quality<br />Once you discover it… use GrooveShark to play it.<br />GrooveShark<br />Great to play music that you know for free<br />Often has hard to find music that Pandora won’t even offer.<br />Streaming somewhat similar music based on the long-tail of other users thumbs up or down.<br />Radio feature seems more of an after though, songs determined by what users listened to after your song and whether they clicked thumbs up or down.<br />